Rockford Chamber of Commerce

Explore financial opportunities at luncheon

October 1, 2009 // 0 Comments

The Rockford Chamber of Commerce is proud to present the October installment of its popular Bi-Monthly Luncheon series. The event is scheduled for Monday, Oct. 5 at Timber’s Inn Restaurant, 6555 Belding Rd., from noon to 1:30 p.m. The featured speaker is Chris Carlson, a financial advisor from Edward Jones Investments. Carlson will share his knowledge and expertise in his selected field during his presentation, “Financial Outlook and Opportunities.” Carlson is a financial advisor and partner with Edward Jones Investments. He earned a BS in economics from Elmhurst College and an MBA with concentration in finance from University of Chicago Graduate School of Business. He earned his certificate in financial planning from University of California, Irvine, and has 20 years of experience in finance and investments. To attend this timely presentation, please call the Chamber office at (616) 866-2000, or e-mail to to register. Cost, which includes lunch, is $15 for Chamber members and $20 for non-members. Please note that if you have registered and are unable to attend, you must call and cancel prior to the event or you will be charged. The Bi-Monthly Luncheon is a wonderful way to enjoy good food, expert advice and excellent company in a relaxed atmosphere. Drawings for prizes are conducted at the conclusion of the event. The luncheon is also a great networking opportunity, so participants are reminded to bring their business cards.

Reader identifies mystery machinery

October 1, 2009 // 0 Comments

by CLIFF AND NANCY HILL Denise and Steve Maghielse of Maghielse & Company hosted this past July’s Rockford Chamber After Hours event. The couple had made a bold move in the prior year. They had moved their thriving and ever-growing real estate business and their team of eight professionals from a crowded office in their home to a newly purchased property on Courtland Street. The evening’s get-together of Rockford Chamber of Commerce members and guests had a three-fold purpose. One was the regularly scheduled “After Hours” networking event itself, the second was a celebration of the one-year anniversary of the couple’s newly remodeled 5 Star Real Estate brokerage located at 117 Courtland in downtown Rockford, and last was the announcement of a contest to identify a piece of machinery that had been left in the building’s basement by a previous owner or tenant. Somewhat resembling a medieval torture device, the Mighielses were clueless as to what it could be. Prior to the opening their new office, Steve and Denise had to completely revamp the antiquated interior of the little storefront property. Found in the basement were years of accumulated “stuff.” One of the items found was a nondescript hand-cranked and gear-driven piece of equipment. Denise wanted to throw everything out but said, “Steve is a pack rat. He won’t throw anything away.” So in a compromise, she allowed Steve to keep the mystery machine and an antique toilet. So it came to pass that the couple hit upon the idea of holding a contest to (hopefully) identify the piece. Entrants were invited to view the “press” and submit their guess. The person or persons who could properly identify the “press” and its use would win a prize. Through research and input from Joan Bunn of Joan & Associates—Estate Sales and Appraisals, it was determined the “press” was a “padding” press. Bunn told us, because of its age and mechanical operation, it may well have considerable value. Padding presses are still somewhat in use today but are electronic and hydraulically operated rather than hand-crank/gear-driven. Their primary purpose is to make tear-off pads of paper such as the legal pads we are all familiar with. In use, stacks of paper are placed into the press and compressed […]

Chamber event featured great food, facility

October 1, 2009 // 0 Comments

If you missed it, too bad for you. The latest Chamber After Hours event was held at Huntington Bank, where the food was fantastic and the remodeled space was beautiful. There were also a dozen or so wonderful door prizes awarded, from golf gift certificates, a $75 restaurant gift card and more. Manager Paul Chimienti said his vision for the company was to become very involved with the community, and that led to the bank’s sponsorship of Huntington Rogue River Blues series, which has been a huge success for Rockford. Chimienti said the institution’s success is also due to the development of essential partners to better serve the needs of the banks clients. The next Chamber event is a luncheon at Timbers (see article on page 3) and the next After Hours will be Monday, November 2, at John Decker Chevrolet. For more information on these events, contact the Rockford Chamber of Commerce at (616) 866-2000.

Huntington Bank to sponsor Chamber After Hours event

September 10, 2009 // 0 Comments

The Rockford Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce Huntington Bank will be the sponsor of its September After Hours networking event. The event is a special evening for the movers and shakers of the Rockford-area’s business community and is scheduled for Monday, September 14. Huntington Bank, 6835 Belding Road, will start the two-hour event at 5:30 p.m. Paul Chimienti, general manager of the Rockford branch, and his staff are excited to be hosts of the event and look forward to sharing their place of business for a relaxed evening of networking, food and music. Since 1864, Huntington Bank has remained true to its values of supporting the local communities it serves. It’s about loans and other financial services to help businesses grow and succeed, mortgage loans for families, and banking and investment services to help build secure futures. Huntington Bank has just completed its second year of sponsoring the Rogue River Blues Series, which has been a huge success. The series utilizes the scenic Rogue River and some of the best blues talent in the area to entertain crowds on Tuesdays during the summer months at Garden Club Park. Weezil Malone, who has played at the Huntington Bank Rogue River Blues Series, will be entertaining during the Chamber event. According to Chimienti, the bank looks forward to sponsoring the series again next year. “Huntington is committed to doing their part to help improve the quality of life in our community,” he said. There is no charge to attend Chamber After Hours. However, in order for Huntington Bank and its staff to properly plan for this event, they ask that you RSVP by September 11 at the Chamber office. Please call (616) 866-2000 or e-mail Participants are encouraged to bring business cards and be geared up to meet amazing business leaders. The Chamber and Huntington Bank are looking forward to seeing everyone on Monday, September 14.

How to deal with stress on the job

July 16, 2009 // 0 Comments

If you still have a job Going to the Rockford Chamber of Commerce (RCC) luncheons might not make your job easier, but last month’s speaker taught listeners how to deal with their job-related stress. Terri Eudy of Grand Valley Health said not all stress is bad stress. She said too little stress at work leads to boredom and other undesirable results. Good stress can include a challenging job, the excitement of an upcoming wedding, or winning the lottery. Bad stress can lead to divorce, death or job loss. Eudy said Americans are working longer hours than they have in the past three decades and are more at risk for psychological, physical and behavioral problems. A struggling economy adds more stress to many jobs, and people more than ever need to learn to manage their stress. Employers don’t realize enough how detrimental stress is to productivity and their employees’ lives. Unmanaged stress can lead to workplace accidents, diabetes, heart disease, jaw pain, loss of sex drive, and a host of other illnesses. The first step in stress management is identifying the source of stress, followed by inventorying priorities. According to Eudy, three steps to managing job stress are taking responsibility for improving stress levels, learning to identify what is causing stress, and to learn effective communication skills to improve job relationships. The most important step in reducing stress is to keep your body as physically fit as possible, Eudy said. She stated that aerobic activity is proven to reduce stress, and also recommended relaxation and strengthening activities such as yoga. Preferably, physical activity should take place before stress occurs, so morning exercise can reduce stress before it begins. Choosing healthy foods is also a key to fighting stress, and includes eating small, frequent meals, lots of fruits and vegetables, and lots of liquids (but not alcohol). Getting enough sleep is also important. Identifying priorities can improve time and task management. Trying to do too much too fast can result in less productivity than setting a realistic pace for production. Stress can also result from simple bad habits. Identifying these-the need for perfection, the tendency to be late, and other self-defeating behavior-is the first step to eliminating them. “Stop that stinkin’ thinkin’,” Eudy said. People who emotionally […]

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